Description & History
In 2015, ACE provided vocational rehabilitation and workforce development services to over 500 New Yorkers in need. We take a multi-prong approach to achieving our mission of helping participants to obtain and maintain employment and transition to economic self-sufficiency:
Project Comeback empowers homeless individuals with the skills they need to successfully obtain full-time employment and achieve economic independence. Program participants gain supported work experience on the ACE maintenance crew, providing street sanitation and horticultural services throughout New York City. They also receive job readiness training (interview etiquette, workplace conduct), adult education (literacy, math, computer proficiency), industry specific certifications (Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], Food Protection, Custodial Maintenance), and vocational support services (job search assistance, mock interviews, access to professional clothing). Participants attend the program five days per week for an average of four to six months, graduating once they secure full-time employment.
Project Stay is our aftercare/retention program, which provides Project Comeback graduates with lifelong support and enrichment services aimed at helping them to retain employment, explore opportunities for career growth and continue to develop their skills, particularly those pertaining to financial literacy and money management. Project Stay offers regular support groups, one-on-one counseling, industry specific certifications and a variety of workshops geared toward professional advancement.
Project Home assists select Project Comeback graduates by providing them with a declining three-year, or flat one-year, rent subsidy to help meet the financial demands of living in their own homes. In return, participants must pursue education and/or industry specific certifications to increase their earning power and develop their career prospects.